Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
2014 is booking up fast - drop us a line today to secure the best week or two for you!
With visitors returning year after year - we can promise you a really special holiday in this beautiful corner of France.
Enjoy this wonderful property offering fun for children of all ages and perfect relaxation for the grown ups!
With a Saturday changeover (in Peak season, flexible in Mid & High) to make the most of your precious weeks - enjoy great flight connections to Bergerac from Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Stansted, East Midlands, Leeds, Exeter and London.
Picture perfect country cottage surrounded by established rose garden and acres of landscaped gardens. Take a step inside and enjoy the luxurious and stylish interior! Designed with style and your comfort in mind - it's so much more than a holiday home - it's a real home from home!
The fabulous open living room has a great hand built country kitchen with granite worksurfaces, pretty painted dining table seating 8 - placed in front of the french doors to make the most of the view of the windmill on the hill behind the house. The cosy lounge corner has a full sprung 'Selfridges' leather sofa bed and a lovely deep, comfortable 'Arighi Bianci' cord sofa - perfect for curling up on in front of the toasty log burning stove on those chill low season evenings! With UK Sky TV & DVD player, you'll stay in touch if the mood takes you! There are plenty of toys and books for the little ones & adults alike - so whatever the weather, you are sure of a good time!
The two bedrooms are stylish and comfortable with fully tiled en-suite shower rooms, solid oak doors and a super king size bed in one room and twin beds (easily converted to super king) in the other. Quality bedding, linen and towels make a good night's sleep guaranteed!
Outside be wowed by the grounds, from a secluded terrace with permenant barbecue to a fabulous pergola, perfectly placed to catch both the view and shade. While away an hour or so dozing on the day bed or enjoy a glass of wine as the sunset approaches!
With over 6.5 acres of grounds, there's something for everyone - whether it's the great climbing frame or play house for the kiddies or a game of badminton, table tennis or boules for the slightly more mature - and not forgetting a great selection of bikes for all - enjoy the quiet country lanes or picnic up at the windmill!
Not forgetting the fabulous 12 x 6 m heated salt water pool - surrounded by terraces and sun loungers for all - the perfect place to relax or play!
We love The Bread Oven - it really is a fabulous renovation of an ancient building - but don't take our word for it - here are just a couple of comments from our 2012 visitors -
"What a wonderful time we had, it was a totally idyllic two weeks"
"The Bread Oven is perfect. We had a truly memorable holiday in a beautiful setting"
With exposed stone walls, underfloor heating, log burning stove, shady terraces and luxurious ensuite bedrooms, The Bread Oven at Gigan is perfect for family holidays (all set up for babies and small children) or for a holiday with friends!
Just 4km from the village of Tombeboeuf where you will find a butcher, baker, general shop, great local restaurant and even a picturesque 9 hole golf club (English owned) - you need stray no further, but if you do there is loads to do......
There are bastide villages and castles to visit, views to be amazed at, wine to taste, rivers to boat on, trees to sail through, markets to shop at, cafes while away the time at and many, many restaurants to enjoy the fabulous local fare of this beautiful Lot & Garonne region! Come and join the fun!
Great flight options from all over the UK - BA, Flybe or Ryanair.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake beach at Lougratte, River beach Castelmoron s 7 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 40 km, Nearest railway: Marmande 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
'A very special place for very special holidays!' This luxurious 2 bedroom gite offers everything for a great stay. With a fabulous open living space incorporating kitchen, dining and cosy lounge, all opening onto a quiet, shady and secluded terrace. The two luxurious en-suite bedrooms open onto the side terrace.
The Bread Oven could be perfect for your holiday - A relaxing country retreat, a great base for a family holiday (just ask if you need equipment for babies & young children - we've got the lot!) or a great holiday destination for a group of friends.
With exposed stone walls, hand made terracotta floor tiles, underfloor heating, 'Jim Lawrence' light fittings, hand built kitchen with granite worksurfaces, log burning stove and the very best in furnishings, this really is more than just a 'holiday home' it is a real 'home from home'!
As you enter the gite the ceiling of the large living room towers 15ft into the beams of the building and is dominated by a enormous modern chandelier. To one side is the hand built painted country kitchen with granite worksurfaces. In front of the french doors to the rear terrace is a painted Laura Ashley dining table seating 6. The terrace is shaded and private with a circular cast iron and tile table for 6 plus a barbecue for relaxed summer dining. In summer pots of geraniums make this a wonderful spot for outdoor living!. To the other side of the living room is the cosy lounge corner with log burning stove and two large comfy sofas (one a fully sprung sofa bed). There's a TV with UK satellite, DVD player and a bookcase with a good selection of local books, novels, children's books and DVDs.
Down a few steps to the two bedrooms - identical in size with thick padded curtains and french doors opening onto the side terrace. Crisp white bedlinen and luxurious bedding make these rooms wonderful relaxing retreats. The en suite shower rooms are fully tiled with underfloor heating and heated towel rails.
|Further details outdoors||
With our visitors in mind we've planted a beautiful wildflower meadow for 2013 and perfectly positioned a fabulous Retreat Summer House to make the most of the views of the restored windmill of Coulx.
Let you little ones explore the windy paths then take a stroll up to The Retreat through the wildflowers and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun goes down....
The Bread Oven is set in large (6.5 acres) landscaped gardens and parkland. A mix of young and mature trees help to create a totally private relaxing space.
With quiet spots for relaxing and open lawns for outdoor games such as croquet, babminton, boules or football there is something for every taste!
The 12 x 6m heated salt water pool is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the beautiful far reaching views of the rolling Lot & Garonne countryside. The pool is tucked into the huillside with wide terraces and surrounded by lavender hedges. The shallow end has Roman steps for easy entry and the deep end is 'extra deep' for a more active entry!
For the really active we've several bikes that can be borrowed.
For our younger friends we have a great climbing frame fabulous playhouse set in a wooded glade a little way from the pool so you can keep an eye on your little adventurers while the feel they are being independent!
The garden and pool are shared with the second letting house. The extensive gardens are set out with the privacy and comfort of all our guests in mind - from shady pergolas to hidden benches and sheltered terraces - There are plenty of private spaces for everyone!
The pool is open from April to October and is heated for the whole of this time.
The pool is fitted with a fully automatic safety cover.
The owners in a separate house in this secluded enclave, so are on hand to tend to your every whim! When we are away we have an English lady who lives close by who will meet you at the property and will be available by phone during your stay should you need any advice.
All linen and towels are provided.
We can arrange for your shopping to be done before you arrive or for a tasty evening meal to be waiting for you.
Prepared meals such as lasagne, quiche or cottage pie are available if requested in good time, at a small cost.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
Just south of the Dordogne and set amongst the rolling hills of 'The Larder of France', this is a great spot to spend time. Whether you enjoy the traditionally relaxed lifestyle of local markets and lazy lunches or a more active time canoeing, golfing or sightseeing. Gigan is a great base for all sorts of holidays.
The landscape is that of a beautiful fertile land, noted for the far reaching plum orchards and fields of sunflowers.
The area is bristling with Bastide towns - all different and offering much to interest the tourist. Most notable and within just a short drive are Eymet, Monflanquin, Penne d'Agenais and Pujols.
There are several large towns within reach - interesting in themselves, but also with good ranges of shops. Best to go on market day so you can enjoy the best of both worlds - most notable are Bergerac, Villeneuve and Agen.
There are several fabulous fortified chateaux within very easy reach, including Duras, Bonaquil and Biron - great for trips out and particularly fun when they run various festivals during the summer months.
Tombeboeuf offers everything you need for day to day life, with a boulangerie, butcher, local shop (selling just about everything), pharmacy and good local restaurant. Just outside the village is a great 9 hole golf course, English owned, and club house - a really relaxing way of spending half a day. To the east of the village is a picturesque lake which is a nature reserve - great for an easy 4km walk or fishing (licences can be bought in the village).
Closer to the house is the restored windmill of Coulx - open to the public twice a week and a great walk along quiet lanes from the house - a really great spot for a picnic with the most amazing 360 degree views of the region.
Slightly further afield, to the south, is the town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. This is a traditional bastide town with a great local market, bustling centre and a good selection of shops and cafes.
The river Lot is about 15 minutes drive south and during the summer months boats and canoes can be hired at Castelmoron-sur-Lot and further afield on the rivers Dordogne and Garonne.
Restaurants are a plenty, from a simple cafe meal to the very best in dining. Information on these is in the information pack provided on arrival.
Just to the north is the Bergerac wine region with it's abundance of vineyards and some great wines. Suggestions for winetasting tours are included in the information pack.
Bergerac, itself, is well worth a visit - a great town with museums, river trips, good shops and some memorable restaurants.
There are daily markets in the local towns which make it so easy to slip into the slow pace of French life.
During July & August several of the local towns have 'Night Markets'. These are great fun, with trestle tables set out under the stars, locals and tourists eat together choosing their meals from the stalls set up by local producers - you can choose your wine, starter, main and pud all from different stalls. With live music and warm evening a trip to a night market is a real must for anyone visiting the area!
The area is steeped in history and to celebrate that history the towns and villages have medieval fairs during the summer, some just for one day and some for several - great fun with jousting, falconery, wandering musicians and stalls selling 'medieval' wares. - There are full details of these in the information pack provided.